A Theology of John's Gospel and Letters: The Word, the Christ, the Son of God
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Providing an in-depth and holistic view of Johannine theology, this exhaustive reference explores introductory issues, literary foundations, and the historical framework crucial to its interpretation. Studying major themes---including salvation, the cosmic trial motif, the new messianic community, and John's love ethic---Kostenberger also demonstrates how they relate to the other New Testament books. 656 pages, hardcover from Zondervan.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 656
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 9.13 X 7.38 (inches)
ISBN: 0310269865
ISBN-13: 9780310269861
Series: Biblical Theology of the New Testament

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A Theology of John’s Gospel and Letters introduces the first volume in the BTNT series. Building on many years of research and study in Johannine literature, Andreas Köstenberger not only furnishes an exhaustive theology of John’s Gospel and letters, but also provides a detailed study of major themes and relates them to the Synoptic Gospels and other New Testament books. Readers will gain an in-depth and holistic grasp of Johannine theology in the larger context of the Bible. D. A. Carson (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) says about Köstenberger’s volume that “for the comprehensiveness of its coverage in the field of Johannine theology (Gospel and Letters), there is nothing to compare to this work.” I. Howard Marshall (University of Aberdeen) writes, “This book is a ‘first’ in many ways: the first volume that sets the pattern for the quality and style of the new Biblical Theology of the New Testament series published by Zondervan; the first major volume to be devoted specifically to the theology of John’s Gospel and Letters at a high academic level; and the first volume to do so on the basis that here we have an interpretation of John’s theology composed by an eyewitness of the life and passion of Jesus.” The Biblical Theology of the New Testament Series The Biblical Theology of the New Testament (BTNT) series provides upper college and seminary-level textbooks for students of New Testament theology, interpretation, and exegesis. Pastors and discerning theology readers alike will also benefit from this series. Written at the highest level of academic excellence by recognized experts in the field, the BTNT series not only offers a comprehensive exploration of the theology of every book of the New Testament, including introductory issues and major themes, but also shows how each book relates to the broad picture of New Testament theology.

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Andreas Köstenberger is Senior Research Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. He is the author of numerous works on John, including his commentary in the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series, "John" in Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament, and “John” in Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary.

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    Jimmy Reagan
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    This book covers a great deal of territory on the Gospel of John. Prolific commentator, Andreas Kostenberger, has written an outstanding volume here. Think of it as a book that summarizes all the issues and themes that scholars often talk about involving Johns Gospel to put beside your commentaries on John. Zondervan is putting out a whole series called the Biblical Theology of the New Testament (BTNT) in eight volumes to cover the New Testament. Authors in the series are required to have already written a commentary on one of the books in their section. Mr. Kostenberger has already written a highly-rated commentary on John in the Baker Exegetical Commentary series. Though its stated audience is for upper college and seminary-level students, I found it, as a pastor, accessible and easier to read than many volumes of its kind.

    Part 1 of this book provides the historical framework for Johannine theology. He begins in chapter 1 by explaining how John is a spiritual gospel and breaks down how he intends to approach his subject in this book. In chapter 2 he approaches the much-discussed subject of the Johannine community. That hypothesis has a lot of baggage and he expertly guides us through it. Theres a great deal of scholarly interaction in this section too. Next, he tackles typical introductory matters including authorship, date, provenance, and destination. He arrives at conservative conclusions while well surveying the field. In every section of this book, remember he addresses both Johns Gospel and the Epistles of John. In a sense, its a two-for-one deal.

    In part 2, he wades through what he calls literary foundations for Johannine theology. That involves a discussion of genre which he carries out in great detail. Dont miss chapter 3. Its a motherlode of extraordinary information of what he calls linguistic and literary dimensions of Johns Gospel and letters. I found so much information there that greatly expanded my thinking on the Gospel of John.

    Chapter 4 is a nice, lengthy literary-theological reading of Johns Gospel followed by a chapter in the same vein on Johns letters. Part 3 discusses major themes in Johns theology. Theres a chapter on Johns worldview and use of Scripture, one on the Messiah and His signs, one on the word as creation and new creation, one on the Trinity, one on the festivals and the symbolism involved, one on the trial of Christ, one on the new messianic community, one on Johns love ethic, one on his theology of the cross, and finally one on mission. Part 4 is basically a summary and a discussion of how Johns theology fits in with the rest of Scripture. The book ends with a lengthy bibliography.

    This is now the third volume in this series that I have reviewed, and the quality is high. In fact, in this volume on John, I cant think of another volume that covers the subject so broadly and so well. This is an indispensable volume for the student of John.

    I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
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